Kobe Bryant, nicknamed the “Black Mamba”, is the greatest basketball player of his generation. He is a 5-time NBA champion and the fifth player in NBA history to score over 30,000 points, which is a very impressive milestone! What I admired most about Kobe Bryant is his work ethic that made him a great player. He works on his game so much that he does not have any peers from his generation. He is elite and lives up to being a marquee star every time he steps out on the court. He is still balling better than 90% of the players in the league. Fans witnessed him thumb his nose at Father Time to put together the best 17th season NBA they have ever seen. Kobe passed NBA great Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time scoring list. He is now behind Kareem, Malone, and Jordan on that prestigious NBA All-Time point leaders.
Kobe Bryant’s performance in Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2001 Western Conference Finals convinced me he was the best player in the NBA during the first decade of the new millennium. He dunked on the best players of the Spurs and scored 45 points, which impressed me. His spectacular plays in that game made me a fan. I saw that he had the fearlessness, speed, and explosiveness of the great Michael Jordan. I predicted the LA Lakers was going to sweep the Spurs, and they did. It was so much fun watching Kobe performed at a high level during the Playoffs of that year. I knew he was destined for greatest!
On January 22, 2006, Kobe Bryant scored a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second most points scored in a single game in NBA history, second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962. It was amazing watching this extraordinary basketball player be in the zone. I never saw a player scored that many points in my lifetime. Then three years later, in a game against the New York Knicks on February 2, 2009, Kobe Bryant scored 61 points, setting a record for the most points scored at Madison Square Garden. I knew he was going to have a big game, but not like that. I was disappointed that I was not there live to witness his performance. Spectators shouted, “MVP! MVP!” It was great!
Kobe suffered a ruptured/torn Achilles tendon, an injury he suffered against the Warriors last season. Many people doubt Kobe Bryant can still be the elite player he has been much of his career. Knowing Kobe, he is going to utilize the negative criticism as fuel to have one incredible 2013-14 season, which just started. He still has the desire to be greater than Michael Jordan, and NBA fans will see what milestone he will achieve next.
Let’s go Black Mamba!